Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Trip to California, Day 1

Day 1

The alarm went off at 5am on Easter Sunday. Ladybug's Dad spent the night on the couch so we could save some travel time. It was a good idea since our destination was 578 miles away. We packed the car in a steady, cold rain and got on the road at about 6:30am.

We ate breakfast at a Denny's restaurant in Eugene, OR at around 8AM. The food was nothing special, but we have a history at that Denny's revolving around our yearly pilgrimage to the Oregon Country Fair. For us, a breakfast there conjures up memories of tie dye shirts, saris, and a festive atmosphere.

As we continued on, the rain grew lighter by degrees until it ended near Roseburg, Oregon. Other than a light shower in Medford, that would be the end of the rain on this drive. Siskiyou Pass right before the California border beautiful as snow graced the surrounding hillsides. Before long, Mt. Shasta dominated the view ahead. This was nice because all of the Oregon volcanoes were obscured by clouds.

We stopped in the city of Mt. Shasta for lunch. Lily's is a nice restaurant with an eclectic variety of dishes as exemplified by our choices: Moroccan lentil soup, Seafood tostada salad, asparagus & crab crepes, and a caesar salad. We grab a copy of the regional new age periodical for fun and continued on.

Before long we were traversing the Sacramento valley. The wet winter and spring made for a green drive through this ve-herry long valley. There were washes of yellow in the fields where small patches of flowers bloomed. Groups of daffodils appeared here and there along the roadside for no apparent reason.

We finally turned at Williams and headed up into the coastal hills to the west towards our destination. 11 1/2 hours after we started, our journey ended in Nice, California along the shores of Clear Lake. The steady rain seemed a distant memory as we hauled our luggage into our room under a clear sky in dry air.

We had dinner at the Boathouse restaurant in Nice. Locals hung out in the bar and we were the only people at our table on the dock platform. We ate standard barbecue affair including burgers, steak, and Easter ham. Our waiter was a very nice young guy who gave us some background on his life in the Clear Lake area. We bought groceries to save money on food costs and headed back to our rooms.

After a long day, sleep came quickly for all of us.


The Moody Minstrel said...

Sounds like a nice trip so far!

But did you drink Tiki Punch at Lily's?

Arkonbey said...

Mmmm. Mountains.

Shasta looks great. I live in the shadow of Mt. Mansfield, sure it's only 4,393 ft, but it's beautiful.

Do you eat at Denny's at the outset so that a place like Lily's seems especially good?

Pandabonium said...

"Moroccan lentil soup, Seafood tostada salad, asparagus & crab crepes, and a caesar salad" - wow, Lily's sounds great!

I've flown over Mt. Shasta twice, but never visited on the ground. Would love to.

Is Nice, CA pronounced like Nice, France? ie "niece"?

Don Snabulus said...


The ditty bastiges didn't have it.


This particular Denny's is a pretty decent one...they must be a rogue outfit.


We are still trying to find that out. Until then, we are calling it Nicky just to be fair.

Dean Wormer said...


Are you doing anything particular in Cali or just enjoying the state?

I hope it's not work. :(

Swinebread said...

Glad you had a safe trip, we've been having a late winter going on so I was wee concerned about the pass...

sounds like you'll get a chance to relax!

nice pics